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    Texas Forever, Six: Why Friday Night Lights still means so much to me

    (This was originally published on Sabotage Times back in 2013, but I’ve since edited it. I’m overwhelmed by the continued number of comments on the piece by fellow fans from around the world. Goes to show the impact of this series and how time and place and culture doesn’t matter when it comes to something as universal as being human) Texas Forever, Six. It doesn’t mean much when Tim Riggins says it to Jason Street (best friend, star quarterback, jersey number 6) in the pilot when you barely know the characters. But the same thing uttered by Riggs (and brother…

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    Us Against You – Fredrik Backman (review)

    “People will say that violence came to Beartown this summer, but that won’t be true, because it was already here.” Beartown, which I read last month, was my first book by Fredrik Backman and I glowingly reviewed it on here. Soon after, I was excited to learn that the author had planned a trilogy and that the second book was already out. It should tell you something when I devoured this in two days as well. The book picks up where the other left off. Beartown, the small, seemingly insignificant, ice-hockey-obsessed town in the Swedish wilderness, is reeling from everything…

  • Trouble With The Curve
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    Trouble With The Curve (Review)

    There are mainstream films that surprise you, delight you and find fresh perspectives on tired storylines, and then there are those that fail to throw off the shackles of cliche sentimentality. Trouble With The Curve falls into the latter category. There’s nothing new, nothing completely unexpected and yet the film is an enjoyable experience. The main problem is the paper-thin narrative that uses all the cliches in the sports-movie book. An ageing baseball scout Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood playing yet another cantankerous old man with a soft, well-concealed centre) is slowly losing his vision and goes on a road-trip for…

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